The use of group improvisation to facilitate and promote social interaction among adults with Schizophrenia

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Fleur Alocin Hughes, MMT, MTA, MT-BC

This presentation will provide a theoretical basis for the use of group improvisation to facilitate and promote social interaction amongst adults with Schizophrenia. Drawing from a person-centered approach that will describe how group improvisation can facilitate adults with Schizophrenia to develop social interaction skills and build further relationships through participating in Music Therapy groups.

The presentation will include descriptions of Schizophrenia, co morbid symptoms and mood dysfunction. Vignettes and video examples from the presenter’s clinical work will be included.

  1. Understand terminology commonly presented in the related literature, including Schizophrenia, co-morbid symptoms and mood dysfunction.
  2. Examine which social interaction skills for example turn taking, active listening, maintaining eye contact etc. are developed through improvising within a group setting.
  3. Review some of the current literature based on the use of improvisation as an effective intervention which facilitates and promotes social interaction within a group setting.

Fleur completed a Masters in Music Therapy through the University of West England in 2015.

Fleur’s previous Music Therapy experience includes working with a wide range of individuals. These include children and adults who have a wide range of developmental, physical, learning and mental health needs. She is particularly interested in how music can treat social anxiety or assist in developing social skills and facilitate building positive relationships.

Her approach to music therapy work is person centered and during sessions she works with the whole person and looks at the physical, mental, emotional, cognitive and spiritual aspects of the individuals she works with.